5 simple remedies that will improve your day

Improving the everyday doesn’t have to be grueling or complex. For me, these simple remedies have saved many a day from feeling like a waste of time. Perhaps they can do the same for you?

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Updates for our turtle friends and a call to spread awareness

Thank you everyone for supporting the nesting turtles of Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan, The Philippines. Because of your help, 3,250 turtle eggs have been adopted in two weeks, and we still have sponsors for 550 more.

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The path to hell is paved with good intentions

“Oh I love the idea of that!”

The start of a new year is always a time of good intentions. Just in my last post, I talked about making 2021 the year of engagement. The thing is, good intentions may be fun, easy, and feel good. But they rarely survive contact with reality.

I would argue, though, that good intentions in themselves are not the problem. We are right to have good intentions that inspire us. The real problem lies in how we set these intentions.

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What our cats taught me about love

By now, it is hard to imagine life at the tiny house without Phobos, Deimos, and Fake Deimos. It is every bit their home as much as it is ours. My sister always says the cats decided to adopt us and not the other way around, and I really have nothing to debate that.

Our relationship started in May, when we moved into the tiny house, and since then, these are the lessons our cats have taught me about love.

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2021: The year of engagement?

This year is drawing to a close, and so it is time to think about the next. Let’s not fool ourselves: the challenges of 2020 are not just going to disappear as we turn to 2021. But a new year always comes with an opportunity to set an intention, and I would like to suggest we set an intention together:

Let’s make 2021 the year of engagement!

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We can save more turtles together

How does it feel to hold 100 years in your hands?

It is early in the morning and I am jumping around the rafters of the boats parked on our beachfront. My father is inspecting our fence. I am seven years old.

Two men approach Father. Between them is a turtle as big as I am, which they were holding captive, one flipper each. The other guy carried a plastic bucket in his other hand. They spoke to Father briefly, he shook his head, and the two men soon left.

I never saw a turtle on our beach again, or since.

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How to eat healthier in 2021

Raw avocado and mint brownies – Markus’ favorite.

Instead of vowing to lose weight in January, why not consider the more sustainable resolution of eating healthier in 2021?

There is less pressure, the concept is entirely positive, and it does not demand that we go on a diet. And yes, we will still lose weight – just in case you were wondering.

Here are some simple, everyday tips to make it happen.

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How can we thank you enough?

On behalf of the 70 families who received our Christmas food bags last night, we would like to thank everyone who supported our annual community outreach project. You have given these people a meal to share for Christmas, and more importantly, hope that their situation can improve and the assurance that they are not forgotten.

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A quick thought on living in tune with nature

It gets pointed out a lot that we humans are the only beings on the planet who don’t live in tune with nature. Instead, we exploit, destroy, and otherwise undermine nature’s systems for our own short-term gain.

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The joys of camping

One thing this pandemic made me realize is how much I miss camping. Ever since I was a child, camping has been synonymous with a vacation to me, and since growing up I have also come to appreciate the sense of adventure and freedom that it provides. So, I thought I’d write about it. Here are the joys of camping, from my perspective.

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